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Opioid Crackdown Nets South Florida Doctor as Efforts Intensify Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:27
A South Florida doctor is the latest to be sentenced for his role in the illegal distribution of opioids. Earlier this month, Dr. Andres Mencia of Fort Lauderdale was sentenced to more than six years in prison, after being convicted by a federal jury of taking part in a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Mencia's arrest and conviction are part of a large scale war on illegal opioid trafficking. In April, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it had reached a prescription drug information-sharing agreement with 48 Attorneys General to share prescription drug information with one another to aid investigations. According to evidence presented during his trial, Dr. Mencia ran Adult & Geriatric Institute of Fort Lauderdale where, between January 2014 and October 2017, he and others in his office performed "sham" consultations with cash-paying patients. These "consultations," according to evidence presented during the trial, were for the intended purpose of improperly issuing prescriptions for opioids and other narcotics, including Oxycodone, OxyContin and Percocet, in exchange for cash.

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